I always try to memorize brand names or looks when I watch these videos. I can't believe that pan sold for so much. I see those all the time and never think to get them. I would have asked what types of pans do you normally pick up but Jay would have probably just told me to look it up on ebay and see what selling lol. Anyway thanks for the video.
yeah rever ware does not sell for a whole lot, but it does sell consistantly. i buy anything that is labeled Revere, if it's a good price.
Wow, I shipped out a hat yesterday. I like to ship them in a #4 priority mail box so they don't get all crushed and creased. Yesterday the cost was $5.95 today it was $7.15 has anyone else noticed this? I would like suggestions on a less expensive way to ship hats without crushing them. Any Ideas? Thank YouMark in Mass.
Are you using eBay Labels? Did you ship to the same zip code? Obviously prices change based on location.
I ship baseball type caps in a bubble wrap envelope and put a larger air pillow (plastic bag filled with air - packing material) under the hat. No one has ever complained.
Ooops, sorry folks, disreguard my post. I just came from the P.O. and it was my own dumb ass mistake. Duhh. Nothing went up.
what was the mistake?
Thanks for the quick responses. Jay yes I do use ebay labels. Those were the prices before my discount. I was under the impression that those boxes were flat rate for some strange reason. My last few hats must have all been close by because they had all been $5.95. So now I feel like an idiot! But I do like your Idea of the air cushion Brian. I may give that a try.
Hi Ryan, I guess you could classify this one as a senior moment!
Weird, I was only researching McCoy pottery last night. I have no base knowledge in ceramics (among many other things) , so am slowly educating myself. I have a set of 4 teacups which I have been told are early McCoy, and as such they are unmarked. Apparently McCoy did not start marking it's products until 1926, and there are many imitations and fakes to be found? How would you list such an item? I suspect it may be the real McCoy (lol gold) but I don't have enough experience to know without doubt. I live in a rural area with no access to experts etc. Thanks :)
I just did a google search for "McCoy Pottery". The second hit is McCoy Pottery Collectors Society. I bet if you sent them photos, someone would be glad to identify it for you. Usually no one will price it...just tell you if its real and what time frame.
Thanks heaps, photos sent!
So not McCoy unfortunately... But still, so impressed/greatful they responded so quickly and were willing to help (a lot like the people here).
Em, here, I love McCoy, which is how I started shopping on eBay years ago, searching it out. But there's plenty of wonderful vintage pottery that's unmarked. Can you post photos here or a link to them? Perhaps we can help identify them or come up in ways to list them. Often pottery collectors will look for a favorite color or feature.There's tons of fake McCoy on eBay, all the same models by the same sellers, so experienced buyers know not to buy from someone who has sold 30 of the same planter.I've bought unmarked and unidentified pottery if it's photographed well and described well.
Thanks Em, but there are so many items I need to learn about, I could post a dozen photos up. I need to do a lot more research :). Did you get your salt and pepper shakers all at once? Or do you seek these out?I love the McCoy planters too!
Hmm... you're making me think I should pay mor attention to hats. Ryanne, do you box your hats when you ship or do some like the padded mailer?
i ship the crushable ones in polymailers (mesh and foam trucker hats mostly) and the more shaped baseball hats in the 7x7x6 USPS boxes and charge 1lb Priority for those so they dont get crushed. some dudes really want to keep the shape for those.
This kind of wants me to start filming my sales! I like going through my old photo archives and randomly seeing ebay items that have sold long ago. Also, the crucifix w the wooden beads is a rosary :)
ah yes, a rosary, that's the word i was searching for. i just checked the listing and it was listed as that. i often find myself grasping for certain words because i'm video-ing first thing in the morning before the mail carrier comes and while i'm still drinking coffee.
As an addendum to that, the reason it's called a "rose-ary" is because those beads were originally made of a paste of rose petals (they generally smelled nice). Each bead represents a prayer said. Also, Christ is sometimes called Love, the Rose. And sometimes an Apple Tree. But that's another story....
I have one that I think my MIL made for me from the roses my hubby gave me at our wedding. Not sure where it is though..LOL And then one of my hubby's aunts took several of the roses and stuck them in the ground and I took and I have a rose bush growing from another of the roses from our wedding (19 years ago). :)
This seems like it might be a dumb question, but maybe someone here can help me out. I print my shipping with the half sheet sticky labels, but a bunch of extra text always prints on the second half of the page, ruining the second label. I'd really like to avoid burning through an extra label with every item sold, is there a way around it? Thanks in advance!
after you click 'print shipping label', you should see a link on the next page in the upper right hand corner that says 'Printer and label receipt preferences'. click that. uncheck the box that says "Shipping label with receipt and instruction". that will leave the 2nd half of the label blank. good luck!
See I KNEW it was a dumb question! Thanks!
Man I took a few days off from listing, I was simply burnt out, and the predictable result has been that sales came to an abrupt stop, the lesson here is, for those of us with fewer listings (I have about 170 up), is that you have to keep putting stuff up, it is essential I would say. Got to listing tonight and will do more tomorrow.
I have had the opposite problem in the past. like I'll list a bunch of stuff and nothing is selling so I lose my drive and stop listing and then stuff starts selling which energizes me to list more. Now I just try to list regularly anyway. It seems like Sunday night I always end up selling several things.
A few ramblings. 1. There seems to be a magic pound discount when shipping through eBay and it's around 5 pounds. its like the closer you get to it, the heavier discount you get. But once you go over it your discount starts going down again. I underestimated weight on an item and it ended up being almost 5 pounds but with the discount added, I ended up paying about what I do when something weighs 1 pound.2. I have over 50 pairs of salt and pepper shakers to list. I'm tired of listing them but at least having a template helps. I don't know what I was thinking. 3. My third ramble is really a question for everyone. I currently have a pile of stuff I'm trying to clean, photograph,and list. should I not buy any more stuff until I get that stuff listed or should I continue to shop for more stuff and just let it pile up as I list it slowly? Me and my husband have a different opinion on the matter. Although he did say he's tired of not have anywhere to walk in the living room. I bought some shelves and a cheap sawhorse that I plan on using as legs for a ghetto style table I'm making from a door we took off the hinges forever ago.
Personally I get depressed and feel overwhelmed when I have too much unlisted lying around. Nothing feels better than getting it all listed and knowing I can feel good about going out to find more. Plus it feels great to clear out the clutter and have it all put away nicely on the storage shelves, ready to sell.
I've found that it helps to get everything listed before I go buy new stuff. Do I do this? .....No. I get bored with old inventory and want to go out and find newer exciting stuff. The problem is, I usually have a few things that don't get listed, need extra cleaning or repairs, etc, and those get shoved in a box and forgotten about. I've recently listed (and sold) some stuff that I've had for over a year. The clutter was really getting to me but especially my spouse. He was getting claustrophobic because it was all stacked up in our living room. Once I got everything sorted and put away, we both felt so much better and less stressed. These days I'm working on getting the last few bits and pieces listed. Everything's photographed, it's just a matter of listing now.tl;dr: New stuff can be exciting, but old stuff gets shoved to the back and creates stress and piles. At least for me.
I list all of the items that can be photographed and listed quickly at the beginning of the week. I do this so I can make my listing goals for the week. Then on Fridays when I'm tired of listing, I take the time to go through the unlisted items and get them ready for the beginning of the next week. I found that this helps me get rid of the clutter.
we have about 6 months worth of inventory stock piled to be listed and continue to buy more every week. never stop buying if you have the storage capacity i say. dont bury your living area but if you have a nice temp controlled storage unit then fill that thing up.
Hi Emmy - Maybe you can list some of the stuff faster if you group into lots-- at least group the stuff that won't sell for much as singles. I might look for a minimum of $20-25 per transaction--even better, go for $30-50 per transaction.. Perhaps you could list your stuff by physical size (largest first) and get it out of the way.Just want to encourage you--for the first 2 months I was doing ebay, my husband was not really with me--But when I made about $500 my third month, he started telling me to go shopping! He became a believer pretty quickly. Now (9 months later) I'm at the point where I have basically replaced my income--He is really happy about that.He's currently doing all my shipping from MI, while I am in CA taking care of my Mom--he's become my best supporter!
Do you do things differently than when you first started or just more of the same method. I seem to make 800 a month regularly the past few months with less than 300 items but I got to do more.
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Debra, that's so true. When I wonder which item to list first I start with the largest ones first. It clears more space and makes it look like I got a lot done. Very motivating. So glad to hear how your hubby is onboard for you. Mine is extremely supportive, but has a busy life himself, so can't help a great deal. Maybe after he retires? But he is all I need right now for Tech Support and he tests all the electronic type things for me. He is my I Haven't Got A Clue Go-To Guy.
Ha! That potato hat is hilarious! I'm from Idaho, so I always appreciate a good potato item.
I love that potato hat! I've found a few cool things that are place-specific and they've sold almost immediately - someone must have a search out for the keyword. I sold a really neat vintage Kentucky tie within a day of listing it to a man in Kentucky, and a jigsaw puzzle of a random farm in Pennsylvania to a man who lived a 20 minute drive away (I google mapped the puzzle picture's location and the man's address)! I guess the moral of the story is, sometimes site-specific items sell really well!Site specific coffee mugs, on the other hand, I seem to have a harder time with...
yeah, I also think it's important to remember that what's local to you and common, may be harder for someone else to get. I'm constantly reminding myself of that when I see things that are sports or business related that someone else in another part of the country may want it. I see RJR and Winston Cup stuff constantly and people collect that stuff but around here its stuff people discard.
Hey Ryanne. Thanks for the credit on the video for the Mizuno throwing shoes. I was happy to see they sold so quickly. I work at a running store and am always able to sort through and identify that kind of stuff.
yeah, we appreciate the tip. It really is important having the correct search terms.
Love your videos and podcasts. Thank you. I had a great week on eBay. Not bragging, just happy my hard work is paying off and wanted to share. I sell a mixed variety of things typically. This week: sold two autographed sports jerseys, an autographed guitar, a bunch of yoga pants and a vintage leather piece.
Congrats and welcome. If you really want to brag, go ahead and post your numbers. Good to show that smart scavenging and listing works.
Another question for everyone. I bought a King Sized Ralph Lauren comforter and like the bad auction person I am, I bid on it and won without actually getting a close look at it. I didn't realize they even had it until the bidding started and then I could see it at a distance. Anyway, I won it and soon realized the bag is kind of ripped up and some sticky spots from where labels used to be. Beautiful comforter though. How should I photograph it or deal with the bag? There's a stock photo I can use online of it being on a bed. But should I tape up all the slits and try to get the sticky off? Should I just take out out of the bag and ship it without it? I'm just not sure I find that I'm sitting on it waiting to decide. I have the opposite issue that Jay and Ryanne have. When they get something that they think will sell high they list it asap. I tend to milk it forever because I treat it differently and it ends up taking up too much time.
Mizuno seems to make a lot of sport specific shoes, I had a pair of what looked like basic Mizuno women's running shoes, they were listed for awhile and then I saw some labeled as volleyball shoes, that's what mine were and they sold right away after adding that info to the listing title.I used to haul a lot of potatoes out of Washington, I wouldn't wear that hat though.Where did you pick up that catchers mit? I've seen them at yard sales but they want $40+ usually.And I love your cadence when announcing what an item sold for Ryanne, it's almost like a game show when the winner finds out how much their prize is worth, it's great. Always entertaining videos.
I found a JA Henckels chef knife at GW for .18 cents! Thanks Ryanne for pointing out these knives.I beat three people to a pair of boots at Goodwill yesterday. They have the rubber bottoms and leather uppers and in excellent shape. I think they have only been worn a couple of times because the tread on the bottom looks brand new. I would like to be able to measure them. I know that one of the Brians on this blog had mentioned a flexible measuring tape. Does someone remember what it was called?
I think you are looking for a tailor measuring tape.
I think it is a shoe measuring tape flexible - just search it in ebay--it didn't cost much. Is 12 inches with the first inch blank (think they don't count above the toes or something). It is flexible--you can bend it at the heel and read it after you get it out of the shoe.I got mine here, and was happy with the product and speed:http://www.ebay.com/itm/301485274633?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Thanks you guys. This is my first boot listing so I want to make sure that I measure accurately.
You have to cut off the end so that the 0" mark is on the very edge, keep in mind that the center is a lead strip. Then you have to tape that end closed with several layers. It's kind of a pain, but after you've done that you can get the exact inside length measurement.I would also recommend getting the 50 centimeter instead of the 30.
Wrote a comment on comp but it disappeared. Basically q is I have a king RL comforter with a damaged bag. Slits and sticky stuff. Should I tape it up to photograph it, not photograph the bag and send just the comforter or what?
Do you means the comforter came in a cloth bag? If so, I would throw that thing away. It sounds like a negative.
yeah if the bag is damaged, ditch it. RL comforter is worth the same without it. please do the research, these sell for a lot of money. good find!
Its in a plastic zip up bag with Ralph Lauren initials on the bag. I over spent on it but I think I can do well making it back. I got over zealous at the auction and bid without seeing the bag up close.
So ditch the bag? I could buy a universal clear zip bag. They make those right? Seems weird to send it without it being in something?
If the bag is in bad shape, its better just to sell the comforter. We sell blankets all the tie without any bag.
I need to find some ways to get things done faster. Right now I'm cleaning everything, writing down details as I photograph, editing every single picture, researching most items, and listing each item with a very minimal template. Then when it sells im trying to find a box that fits it. How can I speed up my process? I'm not getting enough done and I feel overwhelmed seeing each item all day long and staring at it close up. Gives me a headache.
If you are scrambling to find the right size box, then you need a larger supply of boxes on hand at all times. You can order Priority boxes in a variety of sizes for free from the USPS website (I am assuming you are in the US). Stock up on boxes, tape, bubble wrap, poly mailers, etc. My process for listing is to round up about a dozen items, photograph them all, then put them in a box and set the whole box by my computer. After my son is in bed, I grab an item out of the box, and start listing. I don't make separate notes about each item, only to transcribe them again later. I have been taking photos outside, when the weather is nice, and the only editing I am doing is to crop them a little. If I have a really big, awkward item, I do try to find an appropriate box for it, before I list it, that way I am not scrambling when it sells. Otherwise, I just go to my stockpile of free Priority Mail boxes, and pick one that fits. Everything gets wrapped and dropped off at the post office in the AM. My carrier won't pick up at my house, because we are too rural. Photography is about an hour a day, listing is about 2 hours a day, and there's probably another hour tied up in packing. This is how I list. Other people probably have other ways they do it. I've been able to list 10-15 items a day this way, and I work alone.
I separate items when I bring them home after sourcing. I sort all of the items that are easy to photograph and list and do those first such as ties or hats. Then I go to the next group, etc. Any items that need more attention such as extra cleaning or research, I do later in the week or in the evening when I'm finished with listing. I have a variety of boxes available so that I'm always ready to ship and not scrambling at the last minute (as mentioned by Liz in remark above). I pick up priority boxes when I go to the PO or order online. Just remember that the items has to be shipped priority. Use your photographs to write your script as you list so you don't have to waste time writing everything down first. As with any system, make sure that it works for you.
sometimes I like to break up the routine. Do things in a different order for a few items and see if it feels more "right". I wouldn't write details. To me that's unnecessary duplication of labor. I type out the description either as I'm listing or open a Notepad document and type the description or raw data from research there. That way I have text I can copy and paste into my ad instead of having to try and read my scrawl and type it. For boxes, be sure you have some of the full selection of Priority Boxes. They've all free to order online. Priority seems to be the cheapest for most things. Even if it's a little more, having to pay for tracking and use a less ideal box (which may be heavier too) makes the free Priority boxes the way to go most of the time. I also invest in a few specialty boxes to keep around for "special" items. Like LP boxes - good for books as well as LPs. But I keep those in reserve and only use them when I don't have and can't easily find another box from a free source. Also have some padded envelopes for books and other flat items. And some poly bags because they are almost bullet proof. Even if I box them, some items with sharp edges could dig through a box but not the poly bag so I double wrap. Having this variety eases the stress at packing time. If you're pinched for time, dig into the 'reserve' container supply. When you have time, you might rummage for a free container. I also find my EyeFi card invaluable. If I'm composing an ad online but realize I need to retake a photo or add one more photo, the EyeFi lets me just shoot and go to my computer and the photo's there. No need to hook the camera up or dig the sd card out of the camera and plug it into the card reader. I may break from my usual routine if I have a special item that takes lots of time shooting, researching and describing. So it all depends. No one method is best. One nice thing about being a scavenger is you don't have to adhere to an assigned routine. You can change the way you do things and time you want - almost any time at least.
One last many may already know. I have used the Flat Rate Priority boxes with labels based on weight when it totals less than the flat rate rate price. I've done it many, many times. I have never had any problems doing this. It says on the box: "Priority Postage Required". There is no requirement you must use that box in combination with a flat rate box.
I didn't know that. I was eyeing a box for that purpose today but didn't use it.
If that's true you just saved me so much hassle by telling me that. often I'll have an item that will fit in a large flat rate priority box but I don't want to pay the large flat rate price. I will test it out on an item and see how it goes. Do you drop off your pkgs or hand them to someone or schedule a pick up. Curious if mail person will say I'm doing it wrong.
I pack first thing in the morning to try and have it ready for the carrier's regular round at around noon. If I miss that pickup, there's a neighborhood PO about half a minute's drive that has a 4PM pickup. If I have something that's a rush and not ready by then I'll drive the 5 miles to the PO and drop it off. I never have the carrier make a special trip. I can get it en route faster my self. I think the PO would like you to think you can only use their flat rate boxes only with a flat rate label so you'll pay what ever the flat rate is instead of paying half that because you fill it with a light weight item. I have used them this way many, many times - always delivered - no problems. One thing I have had to be wary of lately in listing. Apparently ebay changed their system so that whatever photo you upload as the featured thumbnail is set when you complete the listing. It can be changed upon relisting. But that's the only way I found to change it. So I give high priority to getting that correct photo selected before completing the listing. Maybe this one reason I usually do 5 or 10 photos, then list them. That way (with my EyeFi card especially), the photos are all there in my computer when I compose the ad. I just select first photo; hold SHIFT and select last photo; and upload the photos. I usually don't do much post processing of images. The buyer just wants to see the photo, not judge your photographic skills. Maybe some rotation adjustment and cropping now and then.
Hi Dusty - I have noticed when I change the featured picture, the new choice shows up in the buyer's view--even though view stays the same--you can check it out by searching for the item.
U mentioned your eye if card several times so I looked it up and it sounds cool but unfortunately it's not compatible with my Canon SLR camera.
Anonymous: The EyeFi works in any camera that takes an SD card. I have a Canon Rebel XSI SLR it works fine in. I can take the EyeFi SD card out of one camera and put it into another and then that camera i just put the card into becomes the EyeFi enabled camera. The image file transmitter is in the EyeFi card. It's powered and works in whatever camera it's put into. I've read it's range may be limited by some metal body SLR cameras. But unless it's a more "professional" model SLR, the body (like my XSI) is probably plastic.http://www.eyefi.com/products/mobi-pro
A couple of days ago I sent out an SOS email to a few friends, "boxes needed suitable for mailing jewelry." Some jewelry is too fragile to just wrap in buble wrap inside a bubble mailer. I have already received one nice delivery of tiny boxes, found a stack of larger boxes on my porch yesterday, and 2-3 more friends are sending boxes soon. Friends love to help out when you need boxes. :-)
I am fairly certain that flat rate boxes are intended only for flat rate use, regardless of one's interpretation of the wording in the postage square on the box. The boxes say "one rate any weight," or something along those lines. They do not say "one rate, any weight, unless your item turns out to have been cheaper to mail regular priority." There are a ton of free priority mail supplies available for free, and delivered to your door, at USPS.com... great sizes, perfect for just about anything, and no fudging required.
Haha I just now figured Mr. Cricket out. Obviously he's a normal person here who changes his name when he wants to tell u to do what's right. Funny method. Ironically I notice the comment more under that name but I heed it less than if it came from a poster I know and trust. And really "he" may be a she. Either way I'm going to just ask my post office about it and see what they say. I mean u r still shipping priority.
I asked my postal clerk about this this morning because I was certain Flat Rate boxes/envelopes could only be used with flat rate labels. She said this is the case -- flat rate means flat rate only. She said if they're slipping through as regular priority shipping, that is a mistake, and if the mistake is caught the item will be returned to sender.
Jiminy: Interpreting from legalese: "intended" is a passive coersifier the USPS hopes to coerce you into only printing Flat Rate labels for their Flat Rate boxes. None of my current generation of Flat Rate boxes says anything like "one rate any weight" on them. What it does say in the upper-right corner (where postage and any conditions has traditionally been placed) it says "PRIORITY POSTAGE REQUIRED". Priority Postage is not limited to the Flat Rate. I always put Priority Postage on the Priority Boxes, including the Flat Rate variety. And I have never had a complaint, return or failure to be delivered. And I have used Flat Rate with Priority, nor Flat Rate labels many times. The shipping business is very competetive. The USPS began offering free boxes as an incentive to use the USPS over their competition because you can only use their boxes with them. That is their main concern - that you use the USPS. Beyond that, if their customers have problems trying to figure out what boxes can be used at what rate, some customers will predictably opt for the relative simplicity of UPS or Fdedex. All of the USPS Priority boxes help the USPS by being of a uniform size, sturdy construction and light weight. That means fewer broken packages they have to deal with (a loss for them) and more densely packed "cans" - the aluminum containers coutoured to fit inside an airplane. The only time I've had an issue with a Priority Box was when I tried breaking boxes along the seam, then flipping them inside-out and re-sealing them. If you do that and apply a non Priority label, good chance a postal personell will notice that little bit of red/white/blue showing there the box panel ends and your customer will be charged the difference. Not conducive to good feedback. I learned that lesson fast. But I have also learned from fairly long experience that the wording "PRIORITY POSTAGE REQUIRED" the postal services lawyers chose to go on their boxes does not mean "Flat Rate PRIORITY POSTAGE REQUIRED".
I generally hand my boxes to the postal clerk. My postal clerk said they would catch a flat rate box that was shipped for less than the flat rate. Were I to put it in the drop off box, it would be less likely to be caught. I'm not going to argue what's printed on the box and how that can be interpreted. Ask your postal clerk and argue with him or her. I have heard of items not being delivered because postage was wrong (not necessarily flat rate not shipped flat rate, just wrong postage).
I once had to explain to the three clerks behind the desk at my PO that "Media Mail" included CDs, DVDs, and computer software media. None of them knew. One of them eventually scrambled to find their manual and confirmed I was right about that.I am very appreciative of the job our USPS does. It is not an easy one. But it does not take a PhD to become a postal employee. Most of them don't want to lose what's probably the best paying job they are capable of qualifying for. They are always under watch of their employer and don't want to even chance that they may spoil their employer's sales pitches. If you ask a Target "team member" (which I have been) what days they put out clearance items, they probably won't tell you even if they know. That would be because they don't want you only coming into the store to loot their clearance end-caps and nothing more. And yet this information is available on "deals" web sites. It's kind of like that with the USPS. If a postal employee told you not to put non Flat Rate labels on a Flat Rate box, it's probably for the aforementioned reasons. I challenge anyone to find anywhere in the US Postal regulations that disallows this to be done. The closest they come is saying "Flat Rate prices are available when material is sent in a USPS-produced Flat Rate Envelope or Box." This statement does not exclude shipping in a Flat Rate box with a weight rated label applied to that box. The post office is asking you to be nice and pay the Flat Rate regardless, but if challenged, they know that they do not have any rule against it and will not try and enforce an perceived implication to that effect.
This seems like a silly hill to die on. There are so many different sizes of USPS boxes available for free on their website, that can be used to ship items by-the-pound versus flat rate. There are also the Regional Rate A boxes, which are about the same size as a medium flat rate box, but ship at a 2 lb rate. Why not just order a bunch of those, instead of trying to find a technical loophole?
here's the deal as i understand it- you have to use flat rate boxes for the price of flat rate. USPS will most definitely, if someone, somewhere, sees the discrepency, they will either charge your buyer the difference OR return to sender and you have to resend. However, i have seen many a box come to me from other sellers, clearly it's a flat rate box, but they have paid by the pound and it got to me just fine. any even crazier thing that has happened a couple times recently- someone shipped using First Class on a Padded Flat Rate envelope. Clear as day it was a Priority mailer with a First Class label. I was like, wow, that's a first. As you guys said, some things slip through and others don't. Like when your mail carrier brings back a box that you owe postage on, because their scales say it's over by 1 oz. Funtimes.
....even though MY view stays the same....
I have a lot of mugs to list. I was wondering how people figure a price for different mugs and do you include free shipping. do you use a flat rate bubble envelope, which is about $4.95 to shiip anywhere. or close to $10 for me to ship across the United States. I have used the flat rate bubble envelope many times and have never had one damaged. I have also use the small priority boxes but they do charge about $10 vs.the $5
I'm sure this is a really personal question for a lot of sellers, since so many people sell mugs and they're a really common item, and I'm sure some people will respectfully disagree with me. I'll share my personal strategy on mugs. I like to go for fast / high inventory turn on mugs, rather than waiting months for an extra few bucks I might or might not be able to get (unless I know I have something really special).If I find a mug that I suspect is going to be collectible or unique - like a figural character mug, a Starbucks city mug, a mug with a specific cartoon character on it, or a mug with a branded imprint on the bottom, I will take the time to do research and price accordingly. If there are multiples for sale, I'd rather move it, so I price it in line or a dollar or two below the comps so it appeals to buyers sooner rather than later - but that's a strategy you need to be OK with. Some people prefer to price higher and wait for a sale.For mugs that are more common but still cute or funny, like Shoebox Greetings, Russ Berrie, or random mugs that I picked up because I thought they were kind of quirky, I'll usually price at $10, or $15 if I think it will speak to a unique buyer.Of course, I also always charge the rate for the Flat Rate Padded shipping, so I know I will not ever lose money on shipping charges. I made a big mistake when I first started and lost money on a mug or two because I didn't realize how much it cost to send in a box cross-country! If an item is shipping within a state or two, I'll usually ship it in a box because it ends up being the same price as a flat rate envelope, give or take a few cents. I also have a suspicion that buyers might feel less excited getting a mug wrapped in a makeshift FOMO padded envelope than in a box.I've also learned in my limited time scavenging that there are certain mugs that are kind of duds and I will not pick them up anymore. I also will not pick up any mugs anymore with any chips or cracks. It's not worth it to me to take the chance of it not selling because of the defect, even when described...
If you have a lot u could take a gamble and just list them for what u think. U may miss out on more money on a few that were more valuable but u also save a lot of headache time researching them all. Or just pick a few u think are unique and look those up. As far as shipping I've done both too. I bubble wrap the hell out it and put it in envelope with fragile written all over it. But I've sent them in boxes too. I don't buy many cause for me its not worth the trade off.
I don't usually bother with mugs, but I just sold a Starbucks mug for 30. and I sent it in a box, personally I can't see myself even using a flat rate padded envelope to send something fragile--which is why I'll only buy mugs that I know that I can get at least $20 for.
Pam, I sell mugs, and i'd simply say there is no right or wrong way to do it, and just do what WORKS for you. I use both free shipping and buyer-paid shipping. I follow a man who has a video on how to ship mugs the cheapest possible wsy, and that has apparently worked for him. I personally use a 6"x6"x6" box I buy from Walmart and Staples, or 8" cubed ReadyPost box I buy fr the post office. I had a Shrek mug as well as a NASCAR helmet that had to go in the larger box.As far as what to charge, I personally start at around $6 if auctioning. If I use Buy it Now, I look at what it sold for in the past and set a slightly lower price. Hope this helps.
I use a layer of bubble wrap, place the mug in a 4x4x6 box (uline brand) and then place the box in a USPS Padded Flat Rate Envelope. Haven't had a problem with this method. After the ebay discount, shipping is $5.35 which includes tracking and insurance.
i can't belive the peeps who ship a ceramic mug in a flat rate padded envelope. that's madness. i understand wanting to get the flat rate price for the customer. but that is risky business because of the fragile nature of mugs. i have seen the videos on youtube where people show you how to do it, but i wouldn't trust that method. as others have mentioned, a small 7x7x7 or such size cube box, well padded, is going to work just fine. the only issue is when it tips the scale over 1lb, that is a bummer, but your customer wants that mug in one piece.
I actually bought my 1st Starbucks mug today on accident. I saw a cool recycled glass mug made in Spain. It was like .50 or less. When looking it up on eBay I noticed everyone is calling it a Starbucks mug. Now I can't be 100 percent their not just keyword faking. Its a neat mug though. As I said earlier I have bubble wrapped and bubble enveloped a mug before. It just takes extreme packing, fragile markings, and send priority so they get it quick. Less hands on it. But now I have great small boxes so I'll just use those. Didn't have any the times I used envelopes.
Mugs are a tough one. It's easy to go crazy and buy too many because they are cheap. It's the same with baseball and trucker caps. the key is having a good sense of what will sell. Good design, irony, humor, and collectibility are important. We try not to pick up any mug that won't sell for at least $20.
I have a hard time getting good descriptions for funny / ironic mugs. I have found a few really cool ones that I'm positive someone out there would love, but I just don't know how to get them to stumble across it easily with keyword searches.For example, a few months ago I found a really cool mug that said "Winter Sucks" in an awesome font, and I figured - with the crappy winter everyone's been having with the snowstorms, someone will buy this - it's a winner! Well, it hasn't sold! I think I just didn't know how to describe it in the title, or something...If anyone has any suggestions for how they list ironic / phrase mugs I'd love to know!
Is there anyone here from CA central coast? Home of the A T & T golf classic. Love to do a ebay meet up.
Heading out for my first garage sale day of the season, woohoo!
We still have a couple weeks to go, but excited for Flea Market season too.
Anyone else having to quit listing because Ebay pooped out???
Hey all!! Our Main Salvation Army Disb. Ctr. has an auction every day.m-f. I attended the last two days. They were selling huge rolling bins of shoes, belts , purses, brika brak ,appliances, electronic, linen, Stereo equipment,. Rugs etc. If you win you take the entire bin. The belts bin alone weighted 265 lbs and sold for $50.I saw some really nice items in some of the bins but couldn't see myself loading 260 lbs of belts or shoes into my suv only to pick through a select few. The bins of shoes went for $150!! Probably 100 pairs of shoes.. I did see one pair of sas shoes but the size of these lots has me a little intimidated. I can't believe a box of jewelry sold for $250!! . Not sure if your local Salvation Army Centers do this but it might be something to check out. Oh and they also had TONS of furniture as well..I love auctions but this type of auction is not like the once a week estate auctions I'm used to
I also wanted to share a shipping hack- not sure if anyone else uses these but I order from fed ex their shipping label sleeves to use with my paper label. My label covers the Fed ex stamp and works so much better than taping it.
What city do you live in? I never heard of that.
amazing. i want 260lbs of belts. you know there are some fancy ones in there!
Sarena you can also get those label sleeves from the PO--I use those for Priority Mail International.
Ryanne, I really wanted the belts, can you imagine how easy it would be to list all of them? I choked.... I live in the Tampa Bay Area, the auction is in Pinellas Park. I am going again tomorrow If I have enough money left over from the auction I'm going to tonight.
did you get the belts?? how did you do it?
Hi Ryanne, I'm following you on eBay, just was wondering if you knew your silver belt buckle with GFM was listed twice, unless you have two of them.
i only see it listed once. can you send me the links to both listings? i can only see one.
Ha! Well I guess I should have done that yesterday because now I can't find either one. Maybe there was a glitch in my eBay app. Sorry!
The scam the USPS is running getting people to only pay Flat Rate prices is like grocery stores saying "2 for $4" instead of $2 each. By saying "2 for" they get a large number of buyers buying more of something than they otherwise would in order to get the "2 for" price. Eventually many realize that the "2 for" price is just twice the price of something they could have been buying just one of at the same price. So the USPS says "Flat Rate" not divulging that the box also allow shipping by weight.Thread about hacking the Flat Rate system on reddit. Best part is halfway down the page:http://www.reddit.com/r/Ebay/comments/2fr95o/how_strict_is_the_usps_on_the_use_of_their_flat/ReplyDelete
Hey guys, I'm starting to pick up a lot of long shaped board games and puzzles and just curious how you normally ship those. And how much does shipping typically cost. The last time I had one I ended up making a box which was a disaster. Although I wish I could use two med flat rates and tape them together. Ok thanks guys. Oh and I just got priority 7x7x6 boxes which are great for my salt shakers and larger mugs.
Emmy: USPS has a Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Board Game Box that accommodates most games. From many times in my personal use of Flat Rate boxes and expanded upon in articles above, you may affix which ever label is lowest: Large Flat Rate Box or Priority Mail by weight. If it isn't very heavy the post office would love it if you were to overpay them a few dollars and print a Flat Rate label. It will get there just the same either way.https://store.usps.com/store/browse/productDetailSingleSku.jsp?productId=P_GB_FRBIf this isn't big enough, what I've done is get a big sheet of corrugated cardboard and wrap it around the box, bending to contour around the box. I usually score the box along the bend points first for a clean corner. Then I'll use a couple of wraps of the nylon reinforced tape to keep it together,also taping along where the ends of the cardboard meet. It might also be a good idea to cut a piece of cardboard to cover the ends of your created box. I've used this on huge boxes like a gigantic radio controlled airplane kit. Never had it fail.
Emmy, the last game I sold I did use the USPS game box--it's expanded length is also good for things like tall boots. On the game, I gave my buyer my TRS price break of $14.80 because otherwise that tall box is a $17 label. You can order a box of these boxes at the USPS website for free.
I've sold several board games, and on the whole, the board-game sized flat rate boxes cost way more than regular priority shipping. I still offer it as a shipping option, but I've never had a buyer choose it.What I do for shipping strange sized boxes is cut open the side seam of a box, then wrap the box snugly like Dusty said. It takes a smaller box than you'd think, and I use the existing seams when I can. I have a bone scoring tool (multipurpose art tool) that I use to crease the cardboard, but you could use whatever. Tape the hell out of it, and you shouldn't have a problem. Sometimes if it looks really rough, I'll wrap it in brown packing paper before I ship it out.
Google "handyscore". You will most likely see a video I made using the tool. I make boxes almost every day using this thing. It is an excellent tool for making boxes or modifying boxes. I buy 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of cardboard and construct custom boxes for large items and use the extra leftover pieces for smaller items. My customers are impressed with the professionalism, leave great feedback and that gives potential customers confidence to "pull the trigger" and buy from me.
That thing looks like one of my pumpkin carving tools. Or a strange pizza cutter. Which gives me an idea lol
All of this talk about Flat Rate Priority with regular Priority Postage, I dunno........ Seems to me like it's trying to game the system a little bit....... When there are so many free regular Priority Mail boxes available anyway, why risk it? I feel like the Post Office is my business partner, and it just makes me uncomfortable thinking that I would try to bend the rules on a technicality, and maybe risk the ire of a postal worker, or potentially put my buyer's package in jeopardy...I guess to each their own, but it just makes me uncomfortable, and I don't see a real benefit to it? Maybe saving a few bucks if you don't have the correct box otherwise at home?
I can't find this method recommended anywhere else online too? Am I missing where it's a published "postal hack"?
Amber: The new Large Flat Rate "Game" box is an example of a Flat Rate box that is not made in a non Flat Rate version.
As I said earlier. Target is not going to put up a poster listing days they mark down clearance items. The don't want to enrich the arbitragers. They want people visiting their store every other days looking for that clearance item they've been waiting for. Then they'll be buying other things while they're in the store. Why doesn't a business just spill all their beans in front of their customers? Cummon. You think the USPS doesn't need the money? I'm glad to give them their due, but...
If you go to usps.com/text/dmm300/123.htm and read sections 1.5.1 and 1.5.2 you'll read the following: "Each USPS produced Priority Mail Flat Rate Box is charged a flat rate regardless of the actual weight of the mailpiece or domestic destination."
Anon: That is if the Flat Rate box is used as a Flat Rate box. That's their sales pitch so you don't have to weigh it and don't have to concern yourself with it's weight - the convenience factor. I am still looking for a prohibition of using the Flat Rate box in combination with a label printed with a postage value consistent with the weight of the box and it's contents. I'm presenting my experience as an example as well. I must have sent 30 or 40 Flat Rate boxes with by-weight labels. Not one of them has caused any problem. And my post office is not lax. They have caught it almost every time I've tried reversing the Priority boxes. I've stopped trying to get away with this.The USPS is glad you are even using their service with all the other options and their current precarious financial position. They are not going to risk scaring away customers over a vaguely defined restriction. If they didn't want you using Flat Rate boxes with anything but Flat Rate labels, they would spell it out in an unambiguous manner, not the vaguely suggestive language you're quoted.
Obviously no one is agreeing about this and its eating up a lot of space so I guess we should kill the topic for now. Everyone had their own gamble threshold.
I just wanted to end the controversy with personal experience. I've been about 30 to zero - all winners sending Flat Rate boxes with weight based labels. And another box that's only Flat Rate is the FRB-2. It's about 1/4" wider than the non FRB boxes of similar dimensions. That 1/4" has made all the differences in several of my shipments. I'll lay it to rest. For me there was no question. There is no exclusionary language in USPS doctrine and I've sent 30-40 with not one issue. My case rests.
I know you guys have mentioned how weird returns are, I haven't had any returns since Christmas and then this week I've had 3 all ready. So weird how these things seem to group themselves together. It kinda gets you down and I have had to give yourself a mental talking to, to shake off the funk.Well hopefully they will sell again........and soon lol
I've had a flurry of returns too. What puzzles me is how to know, when I get that A Return Has Been Started notice, whether I am the one who will be stuck paying the return shipping charge. It doesn't say one way or the other. Am I missing it?
It will say why ("reason") on the "return console" on your seller page the person is returning the item, if it doesn't fit, or they changed their mind about it then they pay, if you see the dreaded not as described, or item defective, you pay and get a defect for your trouble, LOL--what a freaking looney system IMO, I think that ebay should reward sellers who offer "hassle free" on the basis of better the carrot than the stick, but maybe that is just me...
Thanks Omfug. That's what I thought, but it doesn't really SAY that. Wouldn't that be helpful? Oh well.
On the message that eBay send son when a buyer returns an item, it says who pays shipping. It'll say "buyer pays" or "seller pays". Just need to scroll down the message.
I am trying to figure out how to use Watchcount to figure out how to research a buyers previous purchases. Do you need to join Watchcount or what. I put his ID in the search window but that doesn't do it. (I know--duh!)
I wish I could tell you how I got there.... but I didn't find it on the main page when I first used it, so I just bookmarked it. :))
I couldn't figure it out either so I googled watch count eBay I'd and I clinked on the one that sounded right and it took me to the right page and I bookmarked it too.
Linda, Go to watchcount.com and use the toolbar on top of the page. The search button has a pull-down. Click on buyer/bidder history search. That brings up a different page where you can enter the users ID.
Super! Thanks my friends. :-)
Worldwide Shipping.... On the Feb. 20th blog there was some talk about GSP not working if you had also selected to ship worldwide via another service (in my case, USPS Priority). Am I understanding this correctly that it is either one or the other and if I have the GSP box checked as well as "Specify International Shipping Costs" selected to "worldwide" so that other countries not included in GSP can purchase, then the GSP is not an option for buyers in GSP countries?Related, is there a way to see what your listing looks like from a buyers location or country or to a specific buyer?
Do you have a link to where people discuss GSP being cancelled when you make certain exceptions? We've had this issue too. You can log out of eBay, and then just put in different locations to see what shipping will be like to different places.
Here is the post I was referencing. http://www.scavengerlife.com/2015/02/mid-week-open-thread-you-ask-others.html?showComment=1424451063476#c3703038893556884576
Understood. I thought you had heard stories from other sources than just us.
No, but I did call Ebay yesterday and the rep assured me that if I had both GSP and Worldwide shipping selected that the buyer would have the option of either plan. I just wish that there was a way to verify this.
Jay & Ryanne, I am a big cocktail and bar nerd (among many other things). I think the bar item you sold is a pick holder...without the picks. I have a 1950's freestanding apartment bar that came with three permanent cocktail picks in a holder. They look like long needles with a round plastic head, about the size of a marble. I believe these were used exclusively in home bars, as I've never seen these permanent picks in any other context. These have since been replaced with disposable wood, bamboo, or plastic picks. The swizzle stick is usually a decorative touch, provided to stir the drink and advertise the establishment. The pick holds the garnish. I totally cracked up when Jay mentioned "people who like to make drinks". I believe I was sipping on an Old Fashioned when heard that.*Paul*
We always do well selling vintage bar ware. Ha! So you're one of the people who loves making drinks. I bet you're correct about the picks.
Paul- You, me and Don Draper, big fans of the Old Fashioned. Apropos of the business we're in.
Steven, I've become obsessed with getting every detail just right. Personally, I'm a Bulleit Rye man. And I couldn't agree more; even as a kid I was fascinated by bars and cocktail culture, especially in old TV shows. That's part of what started me on my vintage path, trying to recreate that look. Jay, guilty as charged. I'm also super into Tiki stuff, so I've been learning to make the classic drinks, stocking my home bar in the process. I don't sell a lot of bar stuff because I tend to keep it all!*Paul*
i love an old fashioned as well as a whiskey sour. but you know me, i'm so cheap, i rarely buy hard liquor! but there is a distillery that opened up in our county and they're right down the street from us, so i'll have to stop by and get some of their bourbon. local liquor ftw.
I like buying local as well, but here in the LA suburbs, it's mostly craft beer. So good. And I still have yet to make a proper Whiskey Sour with real citrus juice and egg white. To me, mixing cocktails is like cooking, which I like doing, but sometimes don't have the patience for. Drinks are (almost) instant gratification. Now, I'm off to enjoy a Gin & Tonic and listen to the new podcast!
Wow, want another reason to get your store up and stocked and selling? I am working on my taxes, get this--in Jan.2014 I had less than $400 in sales (I was doing all auctions at the time, and was sort of drifting truth be told) and my ebay fees alone ate up almost 13% of fees owed, now skip to Jan.2015 with over $2,000 in sales, a store, and nearly all fixed price sales, and my ebay fee percentage was 7.87%!
I'm in love with this comment. Omfug X, I feel we've had a breakthrough.
HI, I am fairly new to this ebay scene , however i am doing pretty well , is it okay/safe to give paypal my SSN i am almost at 200 sales .please respond . i have heard all sorts of horror stories about giving it out
Im not sure hat horror stories could be possible. If you have any kind of online life, you're SS# is everywhere whether you like it or not.
Here's some fuel to the fire of the listing/sales correlation theory.I returned last night after a 2 day buying trip to Omaha (quite successful), I had only listed about 15 items this week prior to leaving Friday, there were some high dollar items that required a lot of time. No listing on Friday or all day Saturday, also no sales either day. After returning late Saturday afternoon I figured Jays triple E's (evil eBay elves) had infested my store so I got busy and listed 11 items and within a 1/2 hour I had a sale, a jacket I had listed last week. This morning 2 more sales before I started listing again and 3 more so far today 2 that I just listed today. Either there is a correlation or some days your junk sells, some days it doesn't.
Would anyone mind telling me how they would ship a single plate? Would I do the floating method, one box inside another?
I've successfully shipped plates without double boxing -- I do bubble wrap around the plate and LOTS of wadded up newspaper/newsprint as cushioning.
yep, that's how i would do it too. thick bubble, wrap cardboard around that, then put it in another box with lots of padding. should get there ok.
So today I made my first big sale ever. A Cure tee shirt that I had listed for $120 and took an offer of $101 on! FEELS GOOD MAN. (Don't yell at me for taking too low of an offer...ok maybe yell if it's warranted I guess lol)
Huge congrats. Anytime you can make over $100 on a t-shirt, you should be in heaven.
I have a Radiohead shirt up for $299 and it has 3 watchers already. Really want to go back in time and high five teenage me!
I have 2 returns started this week, and this is the first time I have had a return since I added a 20% restocking fee. The amount I need to refund has the restocking fee deducted already, so it's great knowing I am getting that fee without any hassle at all. Bryan is the one who mentioned that he uses a 20% restocking fee. And I want to say Thank You, Bryan, because it definitely takes away the sting of a return.
No problem, hope everybody starts charging it.